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More than 770 lawsuits are filed against hospitals
(News Agencies) More than 770 lawsuits have been filed against hospitals, nursing homes, gyms, airlines and cruise lines, in a wave of litigation stemming from the coronavirus. In New York, still the global epicenter of the disease, there have been some 250 lawsuits filed, according to a database made by international law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth. One of them brought by the nurse's union against the state and two hospitals alleges that officials failed to supply enough PPE and ensure their staff would not contract the disease. Meanwhile families of deceased relatives at a care home in Atlanta have accused it of not protecting the elderly residents by continuing with events and group meals. And there have been class actions, including against Ticketmaster, over cancelled live events. One suit in Illinois claims the box office company 'sought to force their customers to bear the brunt of their own shortsightedness,' The Washington Post reported.That breach-of-contract suit alleges that Ticketmaster withheld funds from thousands of fans. Neither Ticketmaster, nor its parent company Live Nation, has filed a response in court yet, and a spokesperson declined to comment. The country's airlines - now dependent on government billions in relief - have been swarmed by suits claiming that customers have been unable to retrieve refunds for cancelled flights. Farah and Mohammed Toutounchian, from Los Angeles, are taking action against Princess Cruises after they say they were left stranded on the Diamond Princess in Japan for two weeks early in the crisis.The couple's attorney, James Urbanic, told the Post that the quarantine was mishandled, with food brought uncovered to their cabin as the disease spread on board.In a statement Princess Cruises said: 'Our response throughout this process has focused on the well-being of our guests and crew within the parameters dictated to us by the government agencies involved and the evolving medical understanding of this new illness.'The legal future of cases stemming from the virus could depend on lawmakers, as well as judges.Some states have already introduced immunity measures for hospitals and nursing homes.White House officials have also ventilated the possibility of liability shields for businesses.
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